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Real Life Family Photography

Real Life Family Photography is a guide to capturing love and joy through the ages and stages of your children's lives. The book is aimed at everyday people who want to be able to take fantastic images of their kids growing up, so should be accessible to everyone. Author Amy Drucker specialises in documentary portraits and creative lifestyle photos, so she is the ideal guide for this book. The book begins with the basics of photography including the fundamental difference between sna...

How to Take Great Photographs

A new book, edited by Clive Woodyear, aims to provide inspiration for photographers. Within the book experienced and successful photographers talk about how and why they created their images. Great photographs come from a passion and emotional connection to the subject, and the time and effort taken translate the photographer's vision into an image. This involves a commitment to photography, and a willingness to learn, not just from your mistakes, but also from the work of others. This new bo...

The Mind's Eye Guide To Composition

The Mind's Eye Guide to Composition by Bob Wayland is now available in an expanded second edition and is dedicated to helping you achieve better composition by looking at how you can improve your knowledge, detection and perception of the subject to improve your images. Bob says that if you've ever taken an image that you thought was a masterpiece and turns out to be nothing special, then you need to read this book. The first chapter is about composition in the form of how our eye and mi...

Power Composition For Photography

Power Composition for Photography aims to help you develop your artistic eye when shooting. Written by wildlife photographer Tom Gallovich, the book is split into 7 chapters covering everything from camera and lens controls, the shape and colour in your images to lines in the images and the arrangement and artistic considerations of the image. First, the book tells us what composition actually is, before looking at camera and lens controls such as focal length in order to achieve the cor...

Capturing the Moment: The Essence of Photography

Capturing the moment is all about how and when to capture the perfect photo – this is the essence of photography, and it is this fleeting of moments that will work that sets photography apart from other art forms. Written and conceptualised by top travel photographer Michael Freeman, this book includes all his best knowledge and tips on this quite specific yet highly detailed and thought about area of photography. The book is split into four chapters; camera-work, in-camera moments, fa...

The Street Photographer's Manual

The Street Photographer's Manual is a book designed to aid your knowledge of street photography by showing you inspirational images of street photography and giving you handy tips and hints on how to improve your work. From the outset, author David Gibson explains that he was put off by the technical side of photography when learning about it, and rather learnt more quickly by studying images he liked and trying to emulate them. He explains that everyone has an opinion on photography, and th...

Beauty In Decay

Beauty In Decay is a title featuring beautiful images by several photographers of abandoned places all over the world. Sometimes called urban exploration, the genre of photography here is sometimes seen as controversial, as a lot of the places photographed are supposedly off limits to the general public. But in this book, we see a different side to these often dank, rotting abandoned places. We see beauty in their decay, through these photos, a lot of which are really visually stunning, ...

Professional HDR Photography

Professional HDR Photography covers everything you could possibly want to know about capturing, processing and creating HDR photos. It includes optimal camera settings, solutions for subject motion, HDR panoramics, and how to create portrait, still life and landscape HDR images. The book also includes the opportunity to download free practise files, to help aid you in the learning process. Author Mark Chen is an Adobe Certified Expert, and guides you through everything you need to know a...

Shooting Shallow

Shooting Shallow is the latest e-Book by Northern Irish photographer David Cleland. In this e-Book, he sets out to better inform us about shallow depth of field in photography, from the theory behind the different settings to the practical skills of taking good photos using the lower f/ numbers and creating stunning bokeh to boot. The book is split into four main sections; knowing the concepts of shooting shallow, knowing your camera, learning how to take better shots through practise an...

Build Your Own Pinhole Cameras

Build Your Own Pinhole Cameras is a great little book that includes everything you'll need to create your own pinhole cameras, and images. It comes with a CD ROM pre-loaded with camera designs that you can print out and build yourself. They vary from 'Pinolta' to 'Holeiflex' and many more. The book begins by introducing pinhole photography and explains what it is and how it came about. It then moves on to discuss what's on the included disk, and talks users through how to find the camera...